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Supra eKey Now Available on iPhone and iPod Touch
After months of anticipation, Supra released it's eKEY Basic for iPhone and iTouches everywhere. With eKEY software, real estate agents can use their iPhone or iTouch as their lockbox key. eKEY updates wirelessly so real estate professionals can do business anywhere. There are two service levels available: eKEY Basic which provides basic keybox functions. eKEY Professional (coming late this year)adds MLS data saved to your phone, links Google maps to the listings, and delivers showing details to your phone.   eKEY Basic Features: (device shown to the right) Wireless Updates and Alerts Obtain Listing Keys Keep track of all the agent's key boxes right from their phone Manage and Program all keyboxes Easily place and remove keyboxes from listings using a phone Change shackle codes Supra eKEY Adapter (device shown to the right) They have created a Supra iPhone Adapter which plugs into the 30 pin dock connector.  It adds Infrared to the iPhone.  It is designed to hang from a key chain when not in use.  When an agent is ready to show a house, they can just slide it out of its cover, and plug it into their iPhone. When will eKEY for iPhone be available? eKEY Basic for iPhone is available now!  eKEY Professional for iPhone will be available in December of 2010. Will the Supra iPhone Adapter require batteries?   No!  The Adapter gets its power from the iPhone, thus no batteries to change and it will never need to be charged.  It only uses power when a box is opened, thus it has very little impact on the iPhone's battery. Will eKEY for iPhone work with the eKEY Fob (the one that works with the BlackBerry)? The eKEY fob used for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices will not work with the iPhone.  It was necessary to design an accessory specifically for the iPhone.  They decided to create an adapter that would plug directly into the phone.  In this way the eKEY for iPhone is a fully integrated solution. How do I get eKEY for iPhone? eKEY for iPhone is issued just like the other eKEYs.  The Supra iPhone Adapter is available for purchase directly from Supra and from most Boards and MLSs.  After an agent has their adapter, they can download the software from the App Store, and get an eKEY serial number and authorization code from their Board or MLS.  Once the authorization code is entered into the software, they are ready to open lock boxes with their iPhone. Moving from DisplayKEY or ActiveKEY is a very simple process.  It will only take a few minutes at an agent's local Board or MLS (whoever issued their current key), and they will be opening lock boxes with their iPhone. What models of iPhones will be supported? eKEY for iPhone will run on all current models of iPhone (2G, 3G, 3Gs).  It will also run on the new iPhone 4.  Note that for 2G, 3G, and 3Gs devices, you must have iPhone OS 3.1.3 or above. How do I get the software on my iPhone? The eKEY for iPhone app is on Apple App Store.  The download is free.  While the software itself is downloaded free, there will be an ongoing monthly charge for the key service. Download it now to check out the demo mode. Is there a way to see how eKEY for iPhone works before I buy it? Yes.  There is a demo version of the software.  It is on the App Store and it will let you check out all the eKEY Basic features.  To start using it to open lock boxes an agent will just need to speak to his/her Board or MLS and get an authorization code (once the Supra eKEY Adapter is available). If you would like to learn more about Supra's eKEY for iPhone and iTouch, please click here. If you would like to view a demo of the eKEY software, please click here.
iPad Available in US on April 3!
CUPERTINO, CA, March 5—PRNewswire/FirstCall—Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3 for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April. Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple's online store (www.apple.com) or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3 at an Apple® retail store. "iPad is something completely new," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We're excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before." Starting at just $499, iPad lets users browse the Web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books and much more. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers battery life of up to 10 hours.* iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface makes surfing the Web an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. You can read and send email on iPad's large screen and almost full-size "soft" keyboard or import photos from a Mac®, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad's elegant slideshows. iPad makes it easy to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD, or flip through the pages of an ebook you downloaded from Apple's new iBookstore while listening to your music collection. The App Store on iPad lets you wirelessly browse, buy and download new apps from the world's largest app store. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 150,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. Developers are already creating exciting new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. The new iBooks app for iPad includes Apple's new iBookstore, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile product. The iBookstore will feature books from the New York Times Best Seller list from both major and independent publishers, including Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster. The iTunes® Store gives iPad users access to the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 12 million songs, over 55,000 TV episodes and over 8,500 films including over 2,500 in stunning high definition. All the apps and content you download on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically synced to your iTunes library the next time you connect with your computer. Pricing & Availability iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3 in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will be available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models in late April in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. International pricing will be announced in April. iPad will ship in additional countries later this year. The iBooks app for iPad including Apple's iBookstore will be available as a free download from the App Store in the US on April 3, with additional countries added later this year. *Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary. Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone. To view the full press release, please visit: http://gizmodo.com/5486444/official-ipad-launching-here-april-3-pre+orders-march-12